National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon is in New Orleans recovering from her latest adventure when she stumbles onto a new one involving a woman sought for murder, a thriving pedophile market, violence and corruption. At the same time, Anna has her suspicions about her friend’s tenant, who may have criminal tendencies and she discovers what appears to be an attempted curse on her life.
In Seattle, a woman watches firemen pull what are presumed to be her children’s bodies out of her incinerated home. Under suspicion for their deaths, she changes her identity and flees, never believing her children have actually died. As Anna’s investigation intertwines with Claire’s search, the two collide and become partners, with neither realizing how much their lives might depend on each other. (MINOTAUR, Aug., 384 pp., $25.99)